‘Who Intermarries in Britain?

Topics: Scientific method, Cultural assimilation, Ethnic groups Pages: 4 (1538 words) Published: January 7, 2013
The title of this article is ‘Who intermarries in Britain? Explaining ethnic diversity in intermarriage patterns’ by two authors, Raya Muttarak and Anthony Heath. The purpose of this article was to publish Muttarak and Heath’s research findings, which aimed to answer the question in the article title of, ‘who intermarries in Britain?’, (Muttarak and heath, 2010) through exploring patterns and trends in inter ethnic relationships, in particular marriages, how each ethnic group in Britain compares to each other in terms of intermarriage and possible factors that may influence intermarriages between minority and majority ethnic groups . Overall, the text was clear in its aims of the article and the purpose of the research was clear and made apparent within the introduction, which set the tone for the whole text content and made it easy to follow, understand and reliable in its results, although on the other hand, it was quite repetitive throughout, at times unclear of its research methods, in terms of the use of formulas. ‘Investigates trends, patterns and determinants of intermarriage (and partnerships) comparing patterns among men and women and among different ethnic groups in Britain’, (Muttarak and Heath, 2010, pg.275). Summary

Key issues and themes that were present throughout is assimilation, the fact that the propensity of intermarriage is highly dependent on the assimilation of the ethnic minority/majority into British society. ‘We draw ideas from the assimilation approach’, (Muttarak and Heath, 2010, pg.276). In relation to the theme of assimilation, factors such as education level attainment, geographical issues and size of ethnic group were incorporated into the theme and explored in terms of what impact they have on intermarriage and the extent in which assimilation is present within these factors. The theme of the Jewish and Irish model is presented by Peach (2005) is a key issue throughout the research article. The fact that the Irish...
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